Just another typical day ….a chocoholic is always looking for a way to get some chocolate in! I am not gonna lie, I have my 85-90% piece of dark chocolate after lunch and dinner. That’s my “mint” if you will, after a meal. Sometimes/days, my chocolate fix just can’t be satisfied by a small square piece – so I try and create ways to get that fix without sacrificing health. Of course a paleo version of a chocolate chip cookie, muffin or cupcake would do ….and has but today, I craved a gelatinous type dessert and here’s what happened!
I love that this dessert is filled with nutritional benefits all the while satisfying my chocolate tooth! Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants and are a great source of protein. They are also high is Omega 3 fatty acids as well as high in fiber! They have several nutrients that are good for bone health – calcium being one of them. And since I don’t eat dairy (with the exception of grass-fed butter), chia seeds are a gram for gram, higher than most dairy products so I like to include them in wherever I can, especially now that I’m in menopause. Along with the nutrients found in chia seeds, the fiber and protein will help with those who are trying to lose a few pounds by keeping you satiated a little longer and providing the right fuel to do so. I would add to a smoothie perhaps, just so you can get in more nutrients while allowing that smoothie to hold you over. (Side note: I don’t suggest replacing full on nutritional meals with smoothies but simply stating that when you might make smoothies, boost up the nutrients by adding chia seeds)
I also added Vital Proteins Collagen to this pudding. I started adding collagen peptides and/or gelatin to my diet about a year ago. Prior to using these products, I had achy knuckles and elbows. I just attributed to aging and possibly arthritis and pretty much had the mentality of “such as life”. I remember asking my daughter to rub my hands and/or elbows while we watched a movie on Netflix because they ached pretty badly. Holding my cell phone to text or even typing on a computer was annoying and had to take breaks to rub my hands out. WELL —– all of that nonsense disappeared after incorporating these amazing products into my diet!!!!! I specifically remember a day when snuggling up with my daughter on the couch and her saying, “Mommy, (yes, she’s 18 and still calls me mommy! :)) you don’t ask me to rub your hands or elbows anymore….” I smiled and thought, “OMG! You’re right!!!” It honestly hadn’t even dawned on me that I was ache free until that moment and I haven’t had any aches since then! You can read more about Vital Proteins here.
Well there’s the nutrient facts about this little chocolate delight. Aside from this being a “not so bad” treat for you, it’s tasty and really does resemble the snack pack pudding taste from yesteryear! The recipe is for the chocolate chia pudding but in the notes you’ll see how I made it into a little parfait. Happy snackin!
- In a bowl, mix the chia seeds with almond milk using a fork.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and use an immersion blender (or blender) to combine.
- Place a lid or cling wrap to cover bowl and place in fridge overnight (or at least 6 hours).
- Serve in bowls or .... See notes *
- *You can layer the pudding with coconut whip as shown in photo. Place can of full fat coconut whip in fridge for 6 hours+. Take the top, thick cream and in a bowl, mix with hand mixer or immersion blender. I like it 'as is' but you can add a dab of your favorite sweetener if desired.
- You can also layer with your favorite crunch! I added chopped dark chocolate almonds here 🙂 Order of layers -->
- •chocolate chia pudding
- •coconut whip
- •chopped "crunch" of choice
- •chocolate chia pudding
- •dollop of coconut whip
- •sprinkle of crunch